MEng Aerospace Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Introduction to Computer Aided Engineering

Course unit fact file
Unit code AERO12101
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


There are a variety of parametric computer aided design (CAD) packages available which are widely used in the aerospace and mechanical engineering industries. It is commonly used for the design of components. It usually starts with a 2D sketch to define an object’s geometry, using, for example, points, lines, arcs and splines. Dimensions are added to the sketch to define the geometry’s size and the location of the geometry’s features, while relations are used to define attributes such as tangency, parallelism, perpendicularity and concentricity amongst others. The ability to communicate geometric aspects of an engineering component for both i) product engineering and ii) for further analysis/interpretation in digital environments are fundamental.


As an introduction to computer aided engineering, the aims of this module is twofold. First, to provide an introduction to engineering graphics alongside the operating principles behind modern computer-aided-design (CAD) representations of engineering components. Second, to provide an introduction to a high-level programming language such that data manipulation, analysis and calculations pertaining to engineering problems can be carried out as well as the means to translate between different platforms.


Engineering Graphics

1.    Feature-based design and parametric inputs

     Common design hierarchies

     Definition of features

2.    Design modelling from 2D sketches

     Use of construction and reference geometry

     Specifying geometric relationships and constraints

3.    Fundamentals of engineering graphics

     Sketches versus drawings

     Types of orthographic projection

     View selection including ancillary views

4.    Dimensioning and tolerances

     Size vs. position

     Standardized guidelines for placement on drawings

     Best practice for legibility

     Interpreting geometric dimensioning & tolerance (GD&T) references

5.    CAD data formats and representation

Assessment methods


Other - coursework

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 10
Tutorials 20
Independent study hours
Independent study 70

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Matthew Roy Unit coordinator

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